| Jan 9, 2017

Play down the hype with a so-so phrase

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Un … māmā-kana. (Hmm. It was … so-so.) Situation 1: On her first day back at the office after the holidays, Ms. Gray speaks with Ms. Tamachi. グレイ: お正月休み、実家に帰ったんでしょ?楽しかった? 田町: うん…、まあまあかな。 Gray: O-shōgatsu-yasumi, jikka-ni kaetta-n-desho? Tanoshikatta? Tamachi: Un … māmā-kana. Gray: You went back ...

| Jan 9, 2017

Amazon testing cashier-free retail store

Amazon on Dec. 5 unveiled a new kind of retail store, with no cashiers. In the concept store in Seattle, customers start by scanning an app on their smartphones when entering the store, and then they can fill their shopping carts and walk out ...

Always mangle Korean names? It might not be your fault

Jan 5, 2017

Always mangle Korean names? It might not be your fault

Impeached President Park Geun-hye’s surname is Park, right? Nope. In Korean it is closer to Bahk. Park’s allegedly corrupt confidante, Choi Soon-sil, pronounces her name more like Chwey than the way it is rendered in English. And Samsung’s ailing chairman, Lee Kun-hee? That English ...

| Jan 2, 2017

Let's discuss catching a cab

This week’s featured article SHUSUKE MURAI, THE JAPAN TIMES The base fare for short taxi rides in Tokyo will get cheaper starting on Jan. 30 in a bid to lure the business of foreign tourists and the elderly. The new rate, applied to cabs ...